Black & Veatch’s PRICO® Technology to play major role in BP’s oil and gas project in West Africa

Black VeatchBlack & Veatch will help in FLNG solution for BP’s West African oil and gas project. (Image source: Behan/Flickr)Kansas-based Black & Veatch has announced to provide its PRICO® technology and engineering and procurement capabilities in floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) developments for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyin oil and gas project in West Africa

Black & Veatch is teaming with Keppel Shipyard Limited to convert a 125,000 cu/m liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, the Gimi, into a floating liquefaction facility.

BP, a major player in Africa’s oil and gas fields, holds a majority interest and operatorship in the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyin project development located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. With this project, BP aims to support West African region’s aim to emerge as a regional LNG major.

This project continues the close partnership between Keppel Shipyard and Golar LNG (Golar).

Proceeding with front end engineering and design (FEED) on the provision of the Gimi FLNG vessel is expected to support Phase 1A of BP’s development plans for the region, which also includes the development of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

Speaking about the role of PRICO® technology in BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyin project, Iain Ross, CEO of Golar, said, “Black & Veatch’s PRICO® technology continues to allow us to provide competitive liquefaction solutions to our clients who are looking to develop and monetize their natural gas assets.”

Commenting on West Africa’s oil and gas project, Black & Veatch said, “FLNG solutions can be a cost-effective and faster-delivering alternative to traditional onshore facilities, which is particularly crucial in natural gas’ current low-price environment.”

“Successful commissioning of the FLNG Hilli Episeyo offshore Cameroon will also support market confidence in converted FLNG solutions,” the company added.

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